the best tool // back to school

its that time of year again where everyone is going back to school. i came home from work the other night and my sister couldn’t wait to show me her school supply haul.

ever since i bought my ipad pro i no longer have to go buy school supplies. BUT before buying it i did SO much research

today i wanted to tell you about my ipad pro and why i think it is the best tool for any college student.

1. note taking

probably the most beneficial part of the ipad pro is the ease of taking notes. by having everything on the ipad i never have to worry about loosing notes or forgetting a notebook because everything is in the same place.

on top of having everything is one place it also gives you the ability to draw in your notes. this was extremely helpful for me while i was in an anatomy course because my professor was constantly showing us pictures of cells. i could be writing or typing notes and then if I needed to draw something i easily could.

example of my notes

2.  apps

obviously if you have an ipad, you’re going to use apps. for note taking my favorite app is notability and I recommend any college student use it to keep track of everything! i love using this app because i can write on PDF notes my professors have given me, insert pictures, draw my own pictures all while taking notes (written or typed).

when I was a nutrition student I know the iPad would have been useful for apps that taught and showed anatomy and any notecard apps. now as a design student i love using apps like procreate to brainstorm with team members or to make rough drafts of projects i may photoshop later.

3. electronic distribution

if your college experience has been anything like mine you’ll realize that everything is either moving online or already is online. a lot of the times our worksheets were online or assignments needed to be turned in online. the ipad was great for this because you can fill out the online worksheet on the ipad then turn it in and never have to mess with scanning anything. this was also useful when working in teams because I could email team members the sheet of what we had worked on that day instead of everyone taking a picture.

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example of a class assignment on my ipad

4. books

next we need to talk about the biggest expense when it comes to school supplies: books. i use the kindle app on my iPad to rent digital copies of my book from amazon. it feels weird at first to not be physically be flipping through a book, but the search option on the book makes it much easier to find what you are looking for. (bonus: usually online books are cheaper than the real copy)

5. easy to carry + versatile

finally, the iPad can be a replacement for a bulky laptop. although in my degree there is no way i could forgo my laptop for an iPad but for a lot of degree fields it is an option. whether you are sitting in class taking notes or watching Netflix in bed, the iPad can do both!

although i still recommend carrying paper and pencils for when you need them, i think that the ipad pro is the best tool for a college student in any major! if you have any questions about the ipad pro in relation to school leave a comment on this post!



micro haul // ootd

well my friends, it’s that time again. the time of the year where i feel obligated to buy new things because school is starting. i picked up a few deals on my latest shopping outing and wanted to share them with you all!


first thing is this super cute top from Levi’s. it was only 6$ at the outlet and i am very into shirts with little embellishments like this one.


again from the Levi’s outlet was this green and blue striped shirt. it kind of makes me feel like a 7 year old boy on the first day of school but i kind of love it.


next i bought this cute shirt from uniqlo online. i feel like the higher neck shirts look good with my short hair so i’m all about this (plus it’s really nice and thick material). it was only $6 when I bought it but now it is on for $4 so if you like high neck t-shirts, go check it out! (i also got it in yellow which was in the wash so it didn’t get a picture.. but i like that color too!)


next, i hit up the vans outlet and got a pair of charcoal grey slip-ons. this is my first real pair on slip-ons, and it may be early to say, but they’re probably my favorite sneaker I’ve owned! they’re so freaking comfortable and i now understand why everyone is so in love.


at this particular vans store there was a deal where if you bought a full price pair of shoes you got a sale pair for 50% off! so i also picked up these light dusty pink suede lace up shoes. i’ve never seen shoes like this from vans and unless you knew where i got them, you probably wouldn’t know they were vans at all.






that is everything i bought this past weekend! have you bought anything for “back to school”?

this is weirdd // no.5

it’s more than half way through july and i still have yet to do my this is weirdd for this month. normally i do this series on my youtube channel but i’ve really been feeling this blogging thing recently so let’s just go with it!

if you haven’t seen one of my videos before, weirdd is an acronym that stands for what i’m watching, what i’m eating, what i’m interested in, what i’m reaching for, what i’m downloading and what i am doing.


recently i have been watching a bunch of TV which is very odd for me. so odd infact that i wrote a whole post about it! on top of that i have been watching fleur de force who just announced she’s expecting a baby!Untitled-1


my eating patterns have basically been the same all summer long. i’m eating a lot of pasta lean cuisines, franks redhot (on everything) and recently i’ve started eating honey bunches of oats cereal!


i’ve really been interested in business type things this month. i’m not exactly sure how to explain this but i’ve more recently thought about starting a company or starting something and i feel like i have many ideas and no where to put them! (weirdly i was really inspired by this video)


this past month i have found myself reaching for my brown baby wedges from payless. they’re perfect for work and very comfortable!



again this month i’ve been into listening to podcasts and my new fav is off the vine with kaitlyn bristowe. I love the bachelor/bachelorette franchise and she has to be one of the best to come out of it.



what have i been doing? well this past month i went to laguna with my friend tori to visit my friend jeff (psst… i wrote this post about it that you should read). i’ve also been working a lot at my two jobs which has been keeping me busy, but i’m not complaining! on top of that i have been researching the possibility of purchasing a new camera (!) so that may be a new change in my life.


that is what is weirdd with me this month; leave me a comment on any of my social medias letting me know what is weirdd with you!

traveling to europe // dos & don’ts

i feel like recently i’ve seen a lot of people who are either going to europe or have just gotten back. although i wouldn’t call myself an expert, i do have some advice for those planning a trip across the pond!

1. DO bring converters for the countries you’re going to. in this day and age our phones are everything, but they’re useless if they’re dead.

2. DONT bring a million things that require converters. if you have a camera, ipad, laptop, phone, kindle and basically every electronic known to man (like me), bringing your bare minimum is best so when you sleep at night you are not picking and choosing what to plug in. (this of course depends on your job, but if you must bring every electronic device you own i recommend bringing a power strip)

3. DO make reservations for things you want to do. although it may feel like you’re thinking way too far in advance, some things you want to do may be a popular thing other people want to do! in this case making a reservation for a popular restaurant, play, or tea room may be a good idea.

4. DONT plan out every single day to the hour. this may seem difficult because leading up to your trip all you’re doing is anticipating it. but by creating loose plans you give yourself more opportunity to find things you didn’t know about! it also helps relieve stress because you aren’t rushing from activity to activity.

5. DO take a hop on hop off tour in the larger cities. it may seem sketchy when you’re being haggled on the street to buy a tour but a day pass for a hop on hop off tour in a city you’ve never been is the most efficient way to see all the major cites! (it also saves you money on a tube ticket. knowledge and transportation all in one!)

6. DONT waste your money on cabs. coming from america this may seem like an odd piece of advice, but a lot of european cities (if not all) have AMAZING public transit. so unless you’re carrying a giant suitcase (or something of the same nature) skip the cab and try to navigate public transit, it makes for a fun adventure!

7. DO call your bank and let them know you’ll be out of the country. money is important and you’ll be stranded if all of your cards stop working.

8. DONT take anything people hand you on the street. they will expect money and they will not let you leave until you have paid them. this is an easy mistake to make your first time in europe but that man at the eiffel tower handing your a rose will make you pay for it.

9. DO get cash in foreign currency before you leave. although it may seem scary to carry large amounts of money across the pond, it is the most efficient way to insure you won’t be stuck a) with large bank conversion fees or b) without money because no one will take your card.

10. DONT sweat the small stuff. for a lot of people going to england (or anywhere in europe) from north america is a big deal. it is really expensive and you’ve been waiting years to get this much time off work, but if you spend the whole trip frustrated about what went wrong (and things will go wrong) you won’t enjoy everything that did go right (and things will go right).